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Trying to save money? 15 foods you don’t need to buy organic

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., March 2, 2010 - 10:45am

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Brierley asks: Do you buy organic? What foods do you think it's worth to save on and which do you spend more on for organic?


Organic buying is becoming just another business, and, I just buy whatever grows around my area without being organic. I don't trust the organic industry with so many labels as certified organic, simply organic, all organic...what does it mean???? At times I buy organic bananas because I enjoy the taste, and at times I also buy organic chicken for the same reason...taste. However, whether or not it is good for you I have my doubts. I do believe that people with food sensitivities must be vigilant about the produce they eat, however, the rest just eat and enjoy....
To be continued


04/15/2010 - 4:07pm

I only buy non-organic if organic is not available or is of very poor quality. The initial savings don't amount to much if there is a much higher price to pay in terms of the health of our families and the health of our environment.

I save money by not purchasing processed foods, growing some of my own food, preparing my own meals and using everything I buy before it goes bad (no more impulse buying, no throwing things out because have gone bad before they are used or packing the pantry with processed foods bought on impulse). I'm not perfect, and sometimes I miss the mark, but striving to improve produces much better results that looking for an easy way out. It takes discipline, but it's not terribly complicated. Buy the good stuff, cook your own meals and use everything you buy.

You not only are what you eat, you are what the things you eat have been fed -- in conventional farming situations, plants are typcially fed on fertilizers made from petroleum products. Conventional plants that have been genetically modified (they aren't always marked as such) may have pesticides incorporated as part of their DNA -- you can't wash that off. Some plants have been bred or genetically modified to have reduced levels of Omega 3 fatty acids. "Novel" chemicals and geneically modified plants may seem safe now, but it will take many years to determine long term consequences to humans and by then it's too late -- the damage has been done.


04/15/2010 - 3:47pm

Yes- I try to buy my fruits and vegetables from organic markets. As I juice a lot of these products (daily) my consumption is large and I worry about pesticides ( GMO’s, BGH, BST’s and the like). Milk, eggs, honey, fruits and vegetables make up 70% of my diet and seafood most of the rest. Since I do not spend money on expense meat cuts I think I am actually saving on food purchases compared to 10 years ago when I was not concerned with what I brought in markets.


04/14/2010 - 7:00pm

I try to buy organic whenever possible. I buy my vegetables and fruits organic. I purchase meat from a local farmer who raises his own cattle. I would prefer to spend more money for something that is better for me in the long run. .


04/06/2010 - 1:00pm

We eat a 90% organic diet. We are vegetarians and belong to an organic produce buying club. We also grow a lot of our own produce. We eat very little processed food and make almost all of our food from scratch. This saves us lots of money so we are able to spend our money on organic products. We buy organic sugar, flour, beans, rice and other staples in bulk and this saves us money as well.


03/17/2010 - 9:01pm

i pretty much always buy all produce organic, especially apples and leafy greens. i also splurge on organic peanut butter because, really, who needs all those chemicals that some of the brand name peanut butters put in there?! all i need are the peanuts and that's it! when i ate meat, i tried to buy that organic, but have since become a vegetarian so no more meat. also, i buy organic milk because i like the taste better than traditional milk like Dean's or other brands and also because there are less chemicals in the milk and the cows are generally kept in nicer more humane conditions.


03/13/2010 - 10:41pm

I don't ever buy organic vegatables or fruit unless they are on sale and that they have a equal weight amount of which I would buy in regular fruit and vegatables. I don't believe there is a differance except in price, so buy accordingly


03/12/2010 - 11:43pm

I buy organic as much as possible, almost everything. There are the sustainability and healthy earth issues that I truly do care about, but more than that, I am not willing to make my body an experiment. Chemicals in this country can be used until they are undeniably proven to be harmful (no "prove this is safe" involved), and how they might interact combined and in our bodies is a complete unknown. Since the industrial revolution the incidence of cancer, fertility problems, behavioral disorders, and autoimmune diseases has skyrocketed. Is it a coincidence that this correlates with the fact that we are increasingly surrounded by chemicals that don't belong in our bodies? It's possible, but why risk it for yourself or the children you will grow in your body? I got interested in this after I discovered I have an autoimmune disease, and as I prepare my body to be a home to a little one, I'm taking it even more seriously. Finally, I think it tastes better!


03/12/2010 - 4:52pm

I buy everything organic --if it's not organic, I don't buy. I also have my own vegetable garden and only eat what's in season. I don't believe anything the food manufacturers say -- even their organic products are suspicious, but sometimes you have to go with it -- for example, mushrooms. I love mushrooms (fresh) and buy only organic and have to live with, hopefully, it's the truth.

A movie everyone should see is: FOOD, INC. It actually should be a must-see movie.

My advice to everyone is NOT to eat meat. There is no logical reason to eat meat. Our meat supply is horrible, and it is so disgusting what they do to the animals -- sad, sad, sad. Maybe grass fed cows or chickens picking around in the yard are okay -- but it is still a nasty thing to do to our fellow animals. What's happening now is that people are getting sick so they are supporting the vast multi-billion dollar food industry and the same with the health care industry....all linked to what people put in their bodies.


03/12/2010 - 4:42pm

I buy and produce organic foods. I buy organic milk, apples, and carrots (when not in season). I grow lettuce, kale, carrots, spinach, sugar snaps, onions, cabbage, etc. It brings me deep satisfaction to eat the food I grow organically, and allows me to support the organic foods industry. I agree with your list of conventional vs. organic. I think it is really important for parents to consider buying organic apples for their children, because apples are an easy snack and most children love them. It is the long-term effect of hormones, pesticides, etc. that affect children, so organic apples is a good place to invest $$. Love your balanced perspective!


03/12/2010 - 2:21pm

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